With the likes of Parthiv Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha and Saurabh Tiwary around, hardly anyone would have noticed the diminutive Maharashtra cricketer Kedar Jadhav.
But on his Deodhar Trophy debut for West Zone, Jadhav overshadowed them all with his 69-ball 114, studded with 17 boundaries and two sixes. His effort helped the team post a mammoth 342 for 7 in 50 overs against East Zone in the semifinal at the PCA Stadium on Saturday. Good, clean hits came at will, as he single-handedly tore apart the bowling attack, especially during the third powerplay, a period that yielded 68 runs. Jadhav took Bengal medium pacer, Sami Ahmed, for 14 runs in the 36th over and forced Shahabaz Nadeem out of the attack after scoring 18 off him in the 39th. Such was his impactthat skipper Parthiv Patel's 69 and Pujara's 70 were reduced to mere footnotes.
Scores: West 342/7 (Jadhav 114, Pujara 70, Patel 69; Shami 4/62) East: 234 in 40 overs (Tiwary 112, Abdulla 6/32).
North's task cut out
Dharamsala: It will be tough for Harbhajan Singh-led North when they take on Central in the semifinal at the HPCA Stadium on Sunday. Central, who comprehensively defeated South at Mohali in the quarterfinals, are considered a strong contenders to lift the trophy, although they would feel the absence of Suresh Raina and Parveen Kumar.